Palmer & Howell, specialist independent school and workplace caterer, has secured a catering contract with The Oratory Prep School, in Reading, worth in excess of £1 million in total turnover.

Set in 65 acres of grounds, The Oratory Prep School is a co-educational school with a commitment to all-round development and personal achievement in additional to academic results.

Palmer & Howells will be responsible for providing a wide array of culinary services, including breakfast, lunch and supper, supplemented by wholesome snacks for pupils, boarders, staff members and nursery children. Additionally, Palmer & Howells will provide hospitality services for events and sporting occasions such as sports teas.

Andrew De Silva Headmaster of The Oratory Prep School said: “We value all aspects of our pupils’ wellbeing – emotional, social and physical. We recognise the important role that healthy and delicious food plays in nurturing young bodies and minds.  Palmer & Howell’s emphasis on nutritious, creative and contemporary food choices is a natural fit for our school.”

Jeremy Alderton, Managing Director of Palmer & Howells, said: “We are thrilled to partner with The Oratory Prep School and to help create a healthy community through nourishing and appetising food and exceptional service.

“We are also excited to offer the school access to our groundbreaking Fuelling Potential Platform. This is a comprehensive resource designed to educate children and adults on the critical importance of adopting a diet and lifestyle that will help them reach their potential both mentally and physically.”

The Oratory Prep School is a non-selective independent school for children aged 2-13 with boarding available from Year 3 upwards. The school strikes a balance

between encouraging children to step out of their comfort zone, seek adventure and develop resilience, while ensuring that they are extended academically, feel challenged and really fulfilled.